ccannon1
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Are there any guitarists that have played Mingus in a big band setting?

My high-school band is working on Moanin' and I'm not entirely sure what would be suitable for the chart, like Freddie Green comping sounds like it would fill out the sound too much (my chart is entirely slashes with the only instructions being 'Comp Thematically'). What do?
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#2
For that tune, I would on strum 1 and the & of two.
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#3
With Mingus tunes, I find that the guitar is less important than the other instruments. You're there to fill out the sound more than be heard. That said, your guitar should be present, but not overwhelming. Avoid strum patterns that are too erratic, or too busy. Less is more.
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#4
Dude, don't ever do freddie greene style comping unless you're playing like a 30's big band swing tune. real talk.

work on doing 1-2 note voicings and stab them...if you don't have written accents in the lead sheet (like HIT THIS CHORD ON THE & OF 4), then you should probably feel it out w/ the piano player or look at where the accents really need to be based on the melody.
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Quote by chronowarp
Dude, don't ever do freddie greene style comping unless you're playing like a 30's big band swing tune. real talk.

work on doing 1-2 note voicings and stab them...if you don't have written accents in the lead sheet (like HIT THIS CHORD ON THE & OF 4), then you should probably feel it out w/ the piano player or look at where the accents really need to be based on the melody.


Alright, so what I should be doing is playing on the shots and accents for the most part?
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because it's mingus and everybody who posted before me is spot on

and especially @ guitar isn't important at all
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#10
Could somebody please post an example of what the style of comping explained ITT would sound like?